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  1. Chinese Language Screening Sessions

    July 15 2014

    For students interested in taking Chinese language courses in Spring or Summer sessions of 2014 or the Fall/Winter of 2014/15, new screening sessions have been confirmed. They will all be held in Pembina Hall, Room 3-20. Please click on title for a complete list of dates and times.

  2. EASIA 260 Popular Culture and Contemporary Japanese Society

    June 27 2014

    Click on title for course information!

  3. Japanese Placement Tests 2014_15

    June 27 2014

    Dates for Japanese language placement tests for Fall/Winter 2014-15 registration have been confirmed! Please follow the link for dates and times.

  4. New Cross-Listed Course POLS 445-560

    June 11 2014

    Topics in Globalization and Governance: China in the World. Please click on title for full course description.

  5. Congratulations to our Graduates

    June 06 2014

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The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.


Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our programme one of the oldest in Western Canada. East-Asia-related courses at the University of Alberta were originally offered within the Department of History and Classics, but in response to the increasing demand for courses on East Asia an independent Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was formed in 1981. Renamed the Department of East Asian Studies in 1994 to reflect the expanded range of topics covered in its courses, the department has continued to grow steadily and now boasts record enrolments in its language and culture courses. Read more